Last year I watched a programme on the BBC called Me, My Spots and I, in which YouTube and blogging star, Katie Snooks, talked about her own journey with acne and spoke to other acne sufferers about their experiences. It was quite an emotional documentary and I really felt for people she spoke to who experienced distress with their skin, especially when it seemed like nothing was working and they were having to spend lots of money searching for a solution.
Apparently, in the UK there aren’t actually enough Dermatologists to deal with the amount of referrals for acne. It must make things even more stressful to have to wait ages to see a specialist when you’re in crisis. I had spots myself when I was in my teens and at the time, I just wanted to try anything to get rid of them asap!
WHAT IS ACNE?
WHAT CAUSES ACNE?
HOW TO TREAT ACNE?
Unfortunately, there is no single cure that works for everyone who has acne, which can make it super frustrating when you’re desperately seeking a magic skin turnaround. Skin cells take on average, around 27 days (nearly a month) to regenerate, so you have to be patient before you will see improvements in your skin.
The good news is, it doesn’t cost anything to try eliminating well-known bad skin culprits from your diet as a first port of call. There are also some things that actively help promote good skin too that you can try including in your diet, so give these tricks a try to see if you can help balance your body naturally from the inside out.
Sugar, Gluten, Caffeine, Dairy, Wheat and any processed food can all lead to hormonal imbalances and over production of oil. Cut back or eliminate these things from your diet for at least a month to see if it helps. Replace sugar with Organic Manuka Honey, which is a natural antibacterial and start to make your meals from scratch using fresh, seasonal ingredients.
The gut is a really important part of maintaining the delicate internal balance in the body. If your digestive system isn’t working efficiently or you haven’t been drinking enough water and you’ve had a tendency to eat the wrong sorts of foods, then over time, toxins can build up in the gut and it can mess with your system. Externally, this can show up in the skin as acne – the body’s way of telling you it’s not happy!
If you are experiencing bad skin, it’s worth trying to cleanse your digestive system. Something as simple as including a glass of hot water with lemon, or with apple cider vinegar at the start of the day will help to kick start the digestive system and keep it clean.
See On The Spot Part 2, where I give my advice on the ultimate spot fighting skincare, the therapies that work and my little black book of Industry Specialists…
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